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CULLINAN

CHANGE IS GOOD.

by Vaughn Lowery

As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.

As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.

On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.

Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.

Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.

This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.

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Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

Rolls-Royce, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Bravo Media is spicing up Sunday nights when “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returns for an unforgettable eleventh season on Sunday, November 4 at 8pm ET/PT. Favorite Southern sophisticates Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and Porsha Williams are all back and will be joined by newest housewives Eva Marcille and Shamari DeVoe. Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam join the season as friends. For a sneak peek at this season, visit http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/season-11/videos/your-first-look-at-the-real-housewives-of-atlanta

Fresh off her stand-up comedy tour, NeNe is busier than ever with the opening of a new location for Swagg Boutique. Business as usual comes to a halt however, as Gregg faces a cancer diagnosis. Cynthia struggles with the idea of becoming an empty nester, but is excited about the new man in her life. Kandi decides to launch a risqué burlesque show while she and Todd explore the idea of expanding their family yet again. Porsha is over-the-moon excited to welcome her first bundle of joy and finally have the family of her dreams. Meanwhile, Eva and her fiancé Michael welcome a beautiful baby boy and are busy planning a fairytale wedding. Shamari DeVoe, known from the multi-platinum R&B group Blaque, is new to the mix and is planning to launch new music with her husband Ronnie DeVoe, formerly of New Edition. Marlo Hampton is back on the scene, joined by newcomer Tanya Sam, a tech savvy business woman who enjoys the finer things in life.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Ken Martinez, Anne Swan and Glenda Cox serving as Executive Producers. Erika Bryant and Kenny Loeliger-Myers serve as Co-Executive Producers. Anthony Sylvester serves as Consulting Executive Producer. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

1/3 TripAdvisor Reviews Are Fake

HotelPlanner.com CEO Tim Hentschel explains how the recent report claiming 1 in 3 TripAdvisor reviews are fake.

Despite the report of fake reviews, Hentschel still trusts in TripAdvisor. “Tripadvisor has always kept a Chinese wall between its review department and advertising department,” according to Hentschel.

Hentschel elaborates that “TripAdvisor’s high traffic numbers mean it has always been able to have an independent review department. The site’s advertising sales have always been independently strong like Google or Amazon.”

Additional Tim Hentschel talking points:

  • “This debate is very old in travel tech circles. Everybody has been trying to build the perfect machine to spot fake reviews, but nobody has gotten close yet.”
  • “There are sites that make you verify a purchase before you can post a review, but those can be tricked as well, especially by a hotel or restaurant generating fake receipts.”
  • “Up to a few years ago the general consensus in travel tech circles was overall rating is a good indication of the quality of the project, i.e. anyone can fake a few reviews, but if you have hundreds and thousands of reviews and they are mostly positive or mostly negative, then that is good sign of the overall quality of the product.”
  • “A large problem are sites that charge companies a monthly fee to keep up positive reviews. Yelp is facing multiple lawsuits for this practice.”

HotelPlanner.com, the largest group hotel booking site in the world, was called the “go-to site” for travel planners by The New York Times.

Roberto Osuna Agrees to Peace Bond

By Reid Urban

Astros right-hander Roberto Osuna finally gained some good news regarding his domestic assault case.

According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Osuna appeared at a court hearing on Tuesday and agreed to a one-year peace bond. Because of that agreement, the assault charges from the alleged victim were withdrawn. However, under the terms of the peace bond, he will not be allowed to contact the alleged victim for one year and must avoid any further criminal charges. The reason behind the peace bond was that the alleged victim is currently in Mexico and decided not to return for court proceedings.

According to the Canadian Justice Department, a peace bond is used when “an individual (the defendant) appears likely to commit a criminal offence, but there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an offence has actually been committed.” If Osuna violates the peace bond, it can result up to four years of prison time.

So while Osuna escaped the possibly of facing assault charges stemming from this incident, it means that he’s going to have to be more careful to stay out of any more incidents that could be deemed criminal charges.

Golden Knights Sign Shea Theodore to Seven-Year Contract

By Reid Urban

Looks like the stand-off between restricted free agent defenseman Shea Theodore and the Vegas Golden Knights looks to be over.

Late last night, both sides ended the stand-off by agreeing to a seven-year contract extension worth $36.4 million. It is only a flat structure contract with no salary fluctuation or bonuses, meaning that he will not be guaranteed any money. However, there is a modified No-Trade Clause in the final two years.

Theodore now looks to be set to join the Golden Knights at training camp and is expected to be ready for the regular season.

The annual value for the new contract is $5.2 million, which is lower than Theodore would like. He was hoping for an annual salary close to what Josh Morrissey of the Winnipeg Jets or Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers have. However, those deals only carried two years each while Theodore gets a long-term deal in Vegas.

A while ago, we would’ve thought that the Golden Knights and Theodore would part ways at one point over this standoff, so this move comes as a bit of a surprise. However, with Theodore finally in camp for the Golden Knights, it’s just another big piece that the Golden Knights wanted to keep in order to make another run towards the Stanley Cup.

Bryan Mitchell Goes 8.2 Innings, Gets Win

By Reid Urban

Bryan Mitchell is making his case to be in the Padres rotation come 2019, and Monday night in SF was probably his best case yet.

Mitchell came close to securing his first shutout of the season, but settled for 8.2 innings of work as the Padres shut out the Giants 5-0 on Monday night at AT&T Park.

Despite the disappointing season as a whole for Mitchell, he has been pretty impressive in his last few games, and that could be enough for him to secure his place heading into next spring. He would still have to compete with a bunch of other starters for a spot in the rotation.

Despite that, though, he had some arm trouble, posting a 7.08 ERA before doing on the disabled list in early June with elbow impingement. Tonight was an example of Mitchell when he is great. He went after the strike zone and regularly threw 94-95 mph fastballs regularly in the later stages of the game.

The Padres were hoping for this when they acquired him from the Yankees last offseason. Though it didn’t work out at first, the long wait seems to be paying off.

Jimmy Butler Trade Request

By Reid Urban

Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler could be out of Minnesota sooner than expected.

The All-Star has requested a trade, according to The Athletic. This comes just one year after Minnesota traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and a draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen, to the Chicago Bulls, to get the star guard. Now, it seems that the relationship between head coach and president Tom Thibodeau and star Karl-Anthony Towns has gone downhill with no hopes of repairing it.

Butler had initially tried to set up a meeting with Thibodeau to get this straightened out, but with the latest news, it seems either the meeting didn’t go so well or there was no meeting at all.

Until Butler showed up last season, the Timberwolves hadn’t made the playoffs since the Kevin Garnett years. Last season, they went out early in the first round to the Houston Rockets. Now, it looks like Butler will pack up his bags and try to go elsewhere.

The three teams that Butler would look to be traded too are the Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, and New York Knicks. All of these teams have the salary cap capacity to bring Butler aboard, though it remains to be seen if Thibodeau and the Wolves will agree to deal him to any of those teams.

The Wolves would certainly like to keep him onboard for one more season and see if they can make it farther this time around. However, based on what we know so far and his pending free agency after this season, the Wolves would like to get something in return instead of just letting him walk when that time comes.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Everyone’s favorite Jersey girls are back and better than ever when Bravo Media’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” returns for the highly anticipated season nine on Wednesday, November 7 at 9pm ET/PT. Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Dolores Catania and Margaret Josephs are joined by new housewives Jennifer Aydin and Jackie Goldschneider along with everyone’s favorite friend Danielle Staub. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey/season-9/videos/your-first-look-at-rhonj-season-9

This season on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,shocking revelations lead to shifting alliances, causing old school rules of friendship and family to be pushed to the limit. Teresa continues her journey as an independent woman during the final year of Joe Giudice’s prison sentence and decides to enter a bodybuilding competition against her husband’s wishes. Meanwhile, Melissa discovers some scandalous secrets about her father sparking her to search for answers. Dolores has been questioning her life choices and struggling with empty nest syndrome more than ever, which is partly due to her distracted workaholic boyfriend David. After becoming fast friends last season, Margaret discovers she’s signed up for more than she expected as a bridesmaid in Danielle’s upcoming nuptials. When new housewife Jennifer enters the scene, she calls out Margaret for the scandalous affair that ended Marge’s first marriage, creating a rift between the two ladies that spirals out of control. But the entire group is forced to pick sides after Teresa rips open old family wounds. And newcomer Jackie quickly proves that she’s not afraid to go up against Teresa. However, Jackie finds herself in a position where she has to prove herself after Teresa accuses her of coming between family – the one thing that you NEVER do in Jersey. After years of rebuilding old friendships and forming new ones, these ladies are left wondering if their once close-knit group has been fractured beyond repair.

Meet the new housewives:

Jennifer Aydin

Coming from a traditional Turkish background, Jennifer Aydin has always put her family first. She is a mother to five children ranging from 5 to 13-years old and is happily married to a successful plastic surgeon. But as Jennifer’s youngest child is about to enter school, Jennifer finds herself ready to break out of her traditional role as homemaker and mother, challenging the roles she and her husband have subscribed to for their entire relationship. And when Jennifer helps to arrange her brother Michael’s marriage to a family friend in Turkey, she is unprepared for the backlash she faces from some of the ladies who find it difficult to accept her less than modern ways.

Jackie Goldschneider

As a mother of two sets of twins under the age of 10, Jackie Goldschneider’s hands are completely full at all times. Worried about raising her children in a privileged home, she is determined that they grow up as strong and self-sufficient individuals. Jackie is a former real estate attorney but has recently found passion in her new career as a parent blogger. Being friends with Margaret already, Jackie is totally ready to connect with a new group of women and start giving them advice, which may not go as well as she plans.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ is produced by Sirens Media, LLC, for Bravo. Jessica Sebastian, Jordana Hochman, Amy Kohn, Lucilla D’Agostino, Luke Neslage, Lauren Volonakis, Deanna Markoff and Dorothy Toran are executive producers. Andy Cohen also serves as Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media:

Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

Big Boy’s Neighborhood HITS Saturday on Fuse

On Saturday, the 15th at 11AM, Fuse will premiere a special curated presentation of its FM show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood HITS, with an encore at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

In Big Boy’s best, major artists stop by the Neighborhood for elevated conversation. The hits keep coming with Janet Jackson, Fergie, Kim Kardashian, and John Legend.

Brand new episode of Big Boy’s Neighborhood air weekdays at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT on FM–Fuse Music.

A televised version of iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated hit radio show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, the series starts radio legend Big Boy as he entertains audiences daily with his high-energy mix of hip-hop, heart, and humor.

During the broadcast he will welcome the biggest names in music and entertainment, share his take on the latest news in music and pop culture and keep listeners laughing with hilarious bits, including the infamous phonetaps with “Luther Luffeigh.”

Episodes premiere same day as the radio broadcast and also feature Big Boy’s Neighborhood co-hosts Natalia Perez, Louie G, Ayyde and DJ Vick One.

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